I'm wondering if there is any way to tell if a hard drive is going out by making a strange sound? My computer was making a a noise that started a few months ago. At first, it was off and on and wasn't very loud. It sounds like it's 'switching gears'....like reving up and then backing off... hard to explain
I had asked a few people who are much more computer literate than myself and I was told by each of them that it sounded like a power supply fan going out. I learned that you cannot (easily, anyway) replace just the fan and it would be best to replace the entire power supply. I took it to a repair shop (one I used about a year ago when I upgraded with a larger hard drive). He replaced the power supply. End of story, or so I thought.
Well, I brought it home and set it all back up again, turned it on....and yup...you got it... STILL MAKING THAT SAME NOISE!!!
After spending $130.00 to get the problem fixed, needless to say, I'm not a happy camper, so I called the tech and told him about the problem. He told me "the fan has variable speeds, so I will hear it change sounds sometimes" and not to worry about it.
Let me tell you, sometimes, it gets SO loud I can hear it off in the other room. Could someone please tell me what I need to do next....or if this dude is right and it's "normal" for it to make this sound that gets so loud it's rediculous? My fear is that one of my hard drives are going out and I do not want to lose everything. I have backed up important files, but some of the programs on it I can longer get, as my house was hit by a tornado and I lost a lot of my old software.
The computer is an HP Pavillion, sorry I forgot to mention that before.
Thank you in advance for your help